He popped the question and you said 'yes': now it's time to start planning your big day. Every bride-to-be dreams of her special day that's unlike anything else – so ladies, take note: for a truly unique and timeless wedding that'll wow your guests, here are some wedding trends of 2016 you'll want to avoid.
Avoid: Flower crowns
We can't deny the allure of flower crowns: they're bold, beautiful, and perfect for bohemian lovers. The only downside to this 'It' accessory? Nearly every bride is wearing a flower crown – not so unique, after all.
Try instead: Statement headpieces
Tired of the ubiquitous flower crown? Opt for a statement-making bridal headpiece instead. Be it a regal tiara, laurel-style headband or a vintage hair comb à la The Great Gatsby, the options are endless and infinitely more chic.
Avoid: Multiple dress changes
Most brides follow the old adage "the more, the merrier" when it comes to gowns on their wedding day: one for the ceremony and another for the reception afterwards. But having multiple dresses isn't just expensive – it's time-consuming too.
Try instead: Two-piece separates
Enter the two-piece wedding dress: a versatile option that lets you mix and match different styles. Opt for a more formal floor-length skirt during the ceremony and then switch it out with a party-friendly tutu skirt for the reception afterwards. Two different bridal looks for the price of one!
Kitting out your bridal party in identical dresses (and identical colours) may seem like a smart idea but it can also be a little too matchy-matchy. Let's be frank: bridesmaid dresses shouldn't feel like a school uniform.
Try instead: Bridesmaids in complementary dresses
Put the tired ol' tradition of mandatory matching bridesmaids to rest. Think 'complementary' instead – be it with different dress styles or varying shades (like dove grey and taupe; rose gold and bronze) that work together cohesively
Avoid: Mason jars
Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no denying that mason jars are everywhere (and we really do mean everywhere). Practical and versatile as they may be (as a drinking glass, flower vase, candle holder, etc...), we think it's time to bid adieu to this tired trend.
Try instead: Copper tableware
Picture this: your wedding guests sipping on killer cocktails from (wait for it...) copper mugs. Sleeker and chicer, copper tableware is surely set to be the next big thing in weddings – mark our words.
Chalkboard signs with romantic (read: cheesy) quotes written on them: been there, done that.
Try instead: Mirrors or Lucite
For a more modern and elegant touch, switch things up with a mirrored or Lucite signage. Paired with beautiful calligraphy, it'll make for a standout decorative piece.
Avoid: Naked wedding cake
Another aspect we've seen in every rustic wedding is the naked cake: simple, delicious-looking but admittedly, a little boring.
Try instead: Geode cake
Nothing boring about this one! Geode cakes are taking the dessert world by storm – and for good reason. Made out of edible rock sugar to resemble natural quartz stones (such as amethyst and agate), this show-stopping confection definitely trumps your typical naked wedding cake.
Avoid: Small bouquets
We get it: flowers are expensive. But your wedding day is probably the only time where it'd be justified to splurge on a big and beautiful bridal bouquet.
Try instead: Cascading bouquets
In this case, bigger is definitely better. Go all out with a dramatic cascading bouquet, abundant with colourful blooms and greenery for that wildly romantic feel.
Avoid: Rustic chic
Mason jars; burlap tablecloths; fairy lights, DIY wooden signs...how many times have we seen these in a rustic chic wedding? Too many to count.
Try instead: Woodland theme
Have your heart set on romantic, back-to-nature vibe for your wedding? Fret not: a woodland-themed decor is the way to go. Think lush greenery, ambient lighting, and plenty of woodsy (not rustic) elements for a look that's straight out of a fairytale or Lord of the Rings (if that's what floats your boat).
Avoid: Blush pink
We'll admit: this pretty shade of pink is a classic colour that looks timeless in every wedding. But once you've seen it in abundance, it quickly loses its appeal.
Try instead: Bright pops of colour
Nothing says 'party' like adding bright pops of colour to your wedding. After all, a little colour never hurt nobody! A little bit eclectic but a whole lot of fun, up the ante on your wedding decor with bold and colourful accents: confetti, pom-poms, streamers, balloons...the works!